A Purple Heart For Trump
Is Donald Trump a hero or a villain?
In light of a recent silly comment he certainly deserves a medal.
A purple heart actually.
Because he shot himself in the foot the other day on TV, talking about Sen. McCain. Had it been any other candidate the injury would have been fatal because their feet are usually in their mouths.
With Trump we don’t know yet just how badly he has been injured – if at all.
Let’s take a look.
Trump’s style is entertaining. I seem to say that a lot.
He is running his Presidential candidacy campaign as he did his appearances on “The Apprentice”, more or less making it up as he goes along. Most of the time it works fine. Sometimes it doesn’t.
In either case it’s a refreshing change from the dull and boring political would-be’s who regurgitate whatever bunkum their script writers have produced for them. Invariably it is the stuff that dreams are made of – but only because you desperately want to fall asleep as you are listening to it.
Insomniacs take note, a cure is at hand!
With Trump, however, it’s different. He shoots from the lip, unscripted and uncensored. It’s not that he has to, it’s what he chooses to do.
Sometimes it works out better than others.
This time it has backfired, on several fronts.
First off, it has alienated a lot of the military and vets. They will forget about Trump’s many previous statements praising the military and instead concentrate on his recent comments about John McCain, which, whether he meant it or not, or whether he likes it or not, disrespected any American soldier who has ever been captured while bravely serving their country.
Second, the Democrats and the left wing media are all over it and will be for quite some time. Already we’ve read and heard things like “Trump is unworthy of being our Commander in Chief” or that he “avoided military service because he had draft deferments” and so forth.
And third it has given other Republican candidates in the Presidential nomination race a gift of an opportunity to denounce him. They already were denouncing him, but now they can do it with renewed vigor and much more publicity.
Of course, they aren’t denouncing him because they support McCain or the military, don’t get that idea. They’re denouncing Trump because this one is easier than immigration which had them running about like headless chickens not knowing what the ‘right’ thing to say was.
Politics, Not Personal
It will all be a good and hard lesson for Donald Trump.
And that lesson is – it’s politics, not personal – just like in business – it’s business, not personal.
The Donald should know that already, there’s no excuse for that faux pas. But during a recent event in Phoenix, Arizona, McCain called Trump’s supporters “crazies” because they supported his statements about illegal immigrants, and that remark – also a stupid one but now being overshadowed – clearly got under Trump’s skin.
Trump Is Trump
Had he hit back solely with a critique of McCain’s woeful record as a politician, he would have avoided the present debacle and probably shut McCain up for the rest of the campaign. But he didn’t.
Many pundits said that there is no way Trump could continue after this comment, whether it’s what he meant to say or not. But Trump is Trump. Many people wrote him off in the business world, more than once, yet he always fought back.
Maybe the ego that got him into this mess is the very thing that will get him out of it again. It will be a tough fight. I’m interested to see how the entertainer performs.
If anyone is interested in what Trump did say you can read his statement below. Unfortunately most people won’t be bothered.
“I am not a fan of Sen. John McCain because he has done so little for our Veterans and he should know better than anybody what the Veterans need, especially in regards to the VA. He is yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job and helping the Vets. He is also allowing our military to decrease substantially in size and strength, something which should never be allowed to happen.
Furthermore, he was extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom happen to be his constituents, that came to listen to me speak about illegal immigration in Phoenix last week by calling them “crazies”.
These were not “crazies”—these were great American citizens.
I have great respect for all those who serve in our military including those that weren’t captured and are also heroes.
I want to strengthen our military and take care of our Veterans. I want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN especially for those that serve to protect our freedom. I am fighting for our Veterans!”